May 21, 2018 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
January 30, 2018 Subject:
Not as good as the preceding three-night Cap run, but this next stop wastes no time getting started, opening with Shakedown St. Some naysayers, but I think it's a solid version highlighting Brent who's all over it, especially near the end. Really liked the first set. Brent is a stand-out, per usual this tour, and Bobby seems fired up. You can hear it from the start of the bluesy Red Rooster. Lots of midi-Jerry-goodness in the first set (Red Rooster, Mexicali, Rose). Phil dropping bombs. Second set is well-played, but nothing exceptional. Favorite is the Truckin->Spoonful. Morning Dew to close is a treat.
March 2, 2015 Subject:
One of my last shows
I think this was my third to last show. Not my favorite song selection for the 2nd set opener, but they played great. I too was a mid 80's dead head, but I think it is unfair to make sweeping generalizations about the band and how much they jammed. Look at how much more they opened up Eyes of the World in the late 80's and early 90's compared to the late 70's and early 80's. All eras are distinct. Many people feel the music of '73 and '74 was their last great music and everything that followed was a long slow decline. I think it is probably fair to say the era this show is from ended with Brent's death and they never really reached that height again, despite some great moments. Also Jerry was really strung out 83-85 and while the music sounded great at times, he was really hard to watch. I can remember we would celebrate him moving at all during a show... "did you see during the 2nd set he walked over and kicked his cord out of the way." He was all hunched over, he really looked terrible at times then and had so much more energy 87-90. Some songs had less jamming, some had more.
October 3, 2013 Subject:
same era but
I too grew up on the shows of the 80's my first actually 12/1/79 while in highschool but I think the boys had found some magic from Fall 89 thru Summer 90. I remember these shows I found out were announced half-way between Cali. & D.C. but got lucky gave a guy from Waterbury Ct. a ride for 2 tix after last night at Cap. I personally think these shows are better than average.I really don't try to steer anyone anywhere because different shows have different significances to people that may make them like em better. Anyhow this show is well worth the listen for sure liked the Iko and Dew the best.
April 5, 2011 Subject:
Where are the jam's
I'm an early/mid-'80's Head. I still traveled a bit up through Fall '89. But I couldn't stand the shows after Jerry's coma, on far too many occasions. No improv, no chances, no jams. Some brilliant moments no doubt - but in the end shows left a lot to be desired. We didn't have that exhausted, spent, blown-away feeling like we got almost nightly in '83-'85. ESP '85. I mean look at this second set opening - are you kidding me? I would have walked out. I was at the 3 Cap Centre shows, again - some great moments, but average shows at best. This Shakedown pales in comparison to 8.3.82, 12.30.83, 12.31.84, 3.27.85, 4.7.85, 6.30.85, just to name a few I can think of without trying. We loved teh fact the boys staye don the road as long asd they did but let;s be honest and keep things in accurate perspective for new readers, we need to steer them to the good eras. This has great sound quality, us early/mid-'80's heads love CM's work.
May 26, 2010 Subject:
These Two Added Hartford shows were INSANE the boys slowed down for nobody these two night giving CT a little love in the sprin